Wednesday, 29 December 2010
We are getting recognised on a wider level and being approached by new people to deliver our great services. The biggest celebration of the year was our 10 year Birthday! We are still here and we are accelerating into the future.
We have also had celebrities like The Petebox, MC Spyda and Nicky Blackmarket perform under our roof.
2011 is looking to be as exciting with the new website planned and the big festival events. If anyone wants to come and have a look around you know where we are. Unit 1, Derwent Street, Belper, DE56 1UQ. Please come for a cup of tea :)
We'll see you all in the next decade!
HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED AND EVERYONE THATS HELPED US ALONG THE WAY !!
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
There is quite a few different tracks, that are produced to different states. There is some that are only intro's and others that are complete tracks. It's the perfect place to share our work in progress and finished music tracks.
We are planning on running competitions in the new year for re-mixes of different tracks we've produced for some of the media projects.
Looking forward to sharing our music.
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
This will be the 3rd generation of website we've had. This one is planned to have an online radio station and an online game. If what is being planned is all part of the final 3rd generation website it will take a while to design and build. We will keep you updated as soon as the work starts in the new year.
Monday, 20 December 2010
The usual silly party games came out, with pass the parcel of forfeits and other funny relay games. It was a great night. Hope everyone enjoyed it! We'll torture you again with the silly games next year. Hope you all have a good Christmas, and we'll see you all in the New Year.
The tracks that had been finished were meant to have a hearing on the fridays 'Safe Rave' unfortunately we couldn't fit it in properly. So we are definitely going to exhibit it at the next 'safe rave' in January !!
Saturday, 18 December 2010
We've had The Youth Christmas Parties for years, so It was nice for the staff to also celebrate Breaking up for Christmas. We booked a table to Bengal Blues, then went to the Jasper and Conner Show at The Cross Keys across the road.
It was a really great night and we will definitely be doing it next year!
It's all exciting news to start next year with! We'll be looking at playing bands, dj's and also have a huge selection of workshops.
Fingers Crossed :)
Friday, 17 December 2010
This was the most talked about and the best 'Safe Rave' so far!
We had 112 Young People attend and everyone was inside dancing.
Nicky Blackmarket is one of the best known Drum and Bass DJ's and plays all over the world.
He Said "What You guys do down here is amazing!"
The Drum and Bass Legend Himself posing in front of the Drop Inn Logo
The Safe Raver pose.
Some of the Young member's who had took part in the DJ Workshops from last year, had become resident DJ's at the 'safe rave' and supported Nicky Blackmarket this time. To some of them this is their idol, so they couldn't believe they got the opportunity to DJ along side him!
Some of the Young People having pictures with this celebrity after the show.
A Young member jumping higher and higher as the music breaks into Drum and Bass madness.
All the atmosphere of a real rave now, but in a completely safe environment.
Mr Blackmarket got taken back to the day of playing in tiny warehouses instead of huge hyper clubs and festivals.
And he loved it, the crown were so close to him and he was loving the response!
Some of the 112 Young people in attendance. The crowd was going wild! It was an amazing atmosphere!
The best and most used photo example already of the 'Safe Raves.'
Kit was the photographer who travelled across from wales to cover this 'safe rave.' He took some amazing pictures!
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Our new website will have it's own online radio station build in. This will be the first stage, then once the shows start broadcasting we'll be able to start training other people up to set up online radio stations.
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Thursday, 9 December 2010
The story line of this film is very hard hitting, but it was agreed it had to be to get the serious message across. This will be the forth film we have produced with Filmcity. The others are all mockumentary / documentary dramas all with a sense of humor.
However this one is the first serious one, so will require a lot of thought.
The film production time is really tight as well, we have to have is all finished and edited by the end of January. The team will be meeting every tuesday and some wednesdays for this project.
We have approached a few local festivals to see what we can offer to them as an organisation, from youth DJ's to workshops and young volunteers.
Currently we have heard back of Mychoons and The Bearded Theory Festival.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
They raised the money through the charity box labeled for the safe rave and selling burgers and hot food on the drop in open nights.
Well done to all the people who helped raise enough extra for this huge name DJ.
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
We are also getting the young people on the music production course to do a remix of the original sound track 'living in the wrong time lad.' The song featured in the music video at the end of the film. Once the track is remixed we will choreograph a dance routine and remix the actual video to fit. We are looking at starting this after the new year.
Saturday, 20 November 2010
With the success of the first skate day we decided to do one more. There was more ideas to maintain and expand the ramp and skate facilities.
There was other new fund raising ideas. We are hoping to have regular meeting and try to plan how to raise enough funds to insure it for the general public.
Monday, 15 November 2010
01> The well Known Drop Inn Trade mark
02> Safe Raves
03> Linking Lives
05> Jamjar Radio
08> Unit one
09> Drop Inn Freshers
10> Tinternet Cafe
Looking forward to seeing some of these names and brands out in other communities next year.
You'll be able to see what al these brands represent on the new website, due for launch in Feb 2011.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Saturday, 13 November 2010
It was really good to see the ramp in use again, it's been used as a stage and room partition loads more than an actual skate ramp.
Hopefully we will be able to get the ramp out occasionally and have regular meeting to arrange a plan of action on what to do with the ramp.
Friday, 12 November 2010
The Grime 'Safe Rave' saw some local talent step on the stage. We had booked Natty, but unfortunately he couldn't make it.
On the day we had still not sorted a Grime Dj replacement, it was looking to have to change the style of music despise the Youth being really excited for the grime genre.
Last minute we managed to book and secure Aura and Archie, two young local DJ's who were happy to come along and play grime. There was a huge turn out. Right in front of the speakers we plugged a couple of Mics in for the MC's. There must have been at least 20 young people passing the Mic around taking it in turns to spit their bars (Rap their lyrics). It was a very different atmosphere to usual, but it seemed to attract a lot of young people still.
We will be doing another grime one in the future, it was a nice difference.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
We would like to host another Casino night, and loads more events.
The Drop Inn is only secure for 6 months into next year so we all need to start thinking of how to raise some funding for the centre to keep it open. Keep the ideas coming in, and we'll see what we can do!
Monday, 8 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
The dubstep group spent the whole session playing with their bassline but it sound loads clearer now. The techno / house / drum and bass group went back to make some changes to their drum and bass track using what techniques they had experimented with last week on their house experiment.
The other group we hear was out sharing their unfinished track amongst friends and didn't turn up again, hopefully they will return to finish their track.
We have adopted the land in front of the entrance to our yard. So the idea is to build a wall and a small garden once the weather improves next year. The we can produce an environmental education wall for the public to see, it might even become part organic?
Monday, 1 November 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
The Cinn Projection space has been re-designed. This logo looks loads smarter.
We've got the is re-brand in play before we completely renovate the projection space next year. We are are hoping to smarten the whole room up ready for a professional editing suite and projection space for the alternative education courses.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
The other groups are coming on great, the techno group haven't finished the techno track but started playing round with another new track for another experiment with the new plug-ins.
The dubstep group have a full track just needs a few adjustments making, the two basslines in parts are competing with each other. The rest of it sound wicked though!
Friday, 22 October 2010
Tom Stone Won the Excellence in The Community Awards 2010 for the great work he does for The Drop Inn especially for the 'Safe Rave' Project and the construction of the Indoor Skate ramp.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
We would like to get as many quality tracks finished to play at the last 'safe rave' of the year, in front of the A list name!
The progression of the tracks are really coming along now. The techno track is sounding pretty cool now, they seem to be really enjoying making a techno track for saying it started off as a laugh, both of them saying they don't really like techno, just metal and drum and bass.
The dubstep track is really coming on now, they spent all this session making the intro. The third group extended their track to over two minute with an intro and a brea down.
While the weather is cold outside we are focusing on finishing the tiles. So it's been decided to continue this project till the tiles are finished. After plan where we want to pick this project up in the New Year.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
The Third group creating the other Drum and Bass track have started filling there track out and ordering the way they want it, it's coming along loads. Can't wait to hear them all finished, it's getting exciting now.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Saturday, 9 October 2010
So we have decided to pick this project up in the new year, so we have time to run it properly. It will have to become Freshers 2010-2011.
Friday, 8 October 2010
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
The other drum and bass group have changed their bassine for the 3rd time now, but are very happy with the way it's sounding and they are learning some very different things about the program, through taking their time getting it how they want it to sound.
The dubstep track has now got two basslines also, but they are layered on top of each other, making it sound heavy. Next week they are thinking about what filters and plug-ins they can add breaking the bassline up a bit.
The wall will be artwork promoting environmentally friendly ideas and make out of re-used things around the Drop Inn.
Friday, 1 October 2010
We saw some more new faces in attendance, it was a really enjoyable day of celebrations for all. Thank You to all who turned up and the people who organized it.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
The response from the rest of the youth supporting their dj peers was absolutely incredible, everyone was going mental for them!
This new direction for the "Safe Raves" will only get better, we are currently running music production courses, again with Shookz, with the aim being to mix their own music tracks into their sets by the last "Safe rave" this year in December. We are also looking at teaching a small team how to set the sound system up and control all the lights, with the future focus of the "Safe Raves" being it will all be Youth lead! It's an Amazing new direction for the "Safe Raves!"
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
The Drop Inn Team
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Paul Shookz and Ben Gregory (The 2 Volunteers running this workshop) both said everyone has made a really good start to there tracks.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Starting next week with some glass painting, a simple idea to re-use old jars for decorations.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Most of the entertainment will be the same with Arts and Crafts, Glass Painting, and other activities to get to know each other and the staff. This year we are thinking of adding Music Production to the activity list.
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
The Youth were asked to think about a container to put different types of rubbish in to recycle, this container has to fit in our space (Yard) outside and also appeal to the youth, and hopefully inspiring them to recycle. The unit also has to have a form of transport so we can take the waste to the local recycling bins.
The brief also included the idea of making the transportation system and actual structure out of recycled things we have in our centre.
The designs have started to take some shape and look really inspiring, now the young people have been asked over the next few weeks to start pricing up any other materials we might need to make the recycling centre.
Once the recycling centre and system is in place we are hoping to cut out waste down, cut the price of bin collections down, and inspire other people to recycle ...
Friday, 27 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
We operate a strict alcohol and drug harm minimization policy, and we don't want to lose community and authorities trust over fund raise events.
We are looking at hosting any future over 18's fund raiser nights in other venues. With the exception of our re:union event. This way people will hopefully understand the difference between over and under 18 events.
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Now the question is how can we become a more green town?
How can we Become a Greener Youth Centre?
And how can we inspire others to become more green?
We haven't got the answers but there is some really good ideas coming from the Young People at The drop Inn.
They have come up with some designs to make it easy to recycle our thousands of cans and other recyclable materials.
One of the other ideas was to start making a documentary of the progress they are making and also and environmental awareness video.
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Everyone said "It felt good." Everyone was happy they had taken some tiny steps towards cleaning our community up and making a different towards it being a greener place.
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
The first few weeks will involve litter picks and documenting what's the most common types of waste people through out, then look at innovative ways of helping recycle or reusing them to minimize waste. We'll keep you updated on this projects progress.
Friday, 23 July 2010
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Hopefully we'll find some more sponsors for security. Thank You x
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Monday, 5 July 2010
Also another Thank You to the Drop Inn staff involved in clearing the space ready for the work, they have worked really hard!
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Friday, 2 July 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Monday, 21 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Please look through them, there is some amazing pictures taken by Kit a photographer from Worcester, Thank You Kit and everyone on else for making such a good weekend happen. 10 years is impressive!
Look out for the video's being uploaded.
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Friday, 18 June 2010
The Friday morning which opened at 10am was for the Linking Lives groups. There was a selection of stalls to walk around, and some exhibition stands. We were also serving tea, coffee and cakes.
There was also entertainment from Ant B, who entertained everyone with some singing.
In the afternoon Tom and Paul did a radio demonstration, which included an intergenerational element. The Older generation stepped up to interview the Younger generation about some of the issues and misunderstandings they may have with each other.